ETHIOPIAN CIVIC GROUPS OUTRAGED AT INJUSTICE FOR ETHIOPIAN MAN MURDERED BY DC9 EMPLOYEES

October 18th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

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CALL TO ACTION

Monday, 18 October 2010: Ethiopian and Ethiopian-American civic groups and activists in the DC area are shocked and outraged at the savage murder of a young Ethiopian man by employees and the co-owner of the Washington DC nightclub DC9 early Saturday morning 16. October 2010.

This sole unarmed man, Ali Ahmed Mohammed, had already been apprehended, tackled to the floor, and effectively restrained by the four DC9 employees, and thus could not cause any physical harm to them nor flee. Nevertheless, the DC9 employees proceeded to repeatedly stomp him in the head, kick him, and beat him in cold blood, killing the young 27 year old man.

Adding insult to injury, this savage killing which initially led to second-degree murder charges of the five DC9 employees and co-owner, was inexplicably reduced to aggravated assault within the same day. This is an affront to justice, adding to the deep pain felt by the victim’s family and friends and the Ethiopian community which is grieving the violent loss of a young life at the hands of the five DC9 men.

What Ethiopian Americans in Washington DC area can do:

1. Join the Vigil to be held by Ethiopian Americans for Ali Ahmed Mohammed; The Vigil shall take place on Tuesday , October 19, 2010 at 6 pm outside DC 9, located on in the 2000 block of 9th Street NW;

2. Support the aggrieved family and provide financial assistance in this time of sorrow;

3. Contact the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia (202-514 7566, email dc.outreach@usdoj.gov) and express your outrage at the reduced charges for Ali’s murderers and demand justice;

4. Attend the preliminary hearing at the DC Superior Court on November 11, 2010.

The vigil will be an opportunity to Ethiopian American together in this difficult time to reaffirm the fight for justice for Ethiopians living all over the world.

For further information please call: 301-326-7469 or E-mail: djverse06@yahoo.com

Advocacy for Ethiopia, Ethiopian-American Civic Advocacy, March4Freedom.org

  1. Chris
    | #1

    I am deeply saddened for the death of Ali Mohammed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I do however reserve judgment on the accused until a proper investigation is conducted and all of the facts can be gathered and presented in a clear, concise way. It does not help anyone to jump to conclusions as this article, and many others have done when less than all of the facts are available to the public. There are quite a few inconsistencies with regard to the events of that Friday morning that need to be cleared up before the blame of Ali’s death can be placed.

  2. ZZZ
    | #2

    “Nevertheless, the DC9 employees proceeded to repeatedly stomp him in the head, kick him, and beat him in cold blood”

    This is conjecture.

  3. JohnnyDC
    | #3

    Most times when writing an article it is unwise to say that someone murdered someone else before the facts come out. This tragedy has already been ruled not a murder due to the beating. None of the employees are facing murder charges and there is no need to further sully their names because of this tragedy. People need to think before they throw around such serious charges.

  4. Bryan
    | #4

    Chris, ZZZ, and JohnnyDC: Thank you all so much for your responses.

    Everything I’ve read in relation to this story has been so inflammatory and reactionary, including the above article, and I’m so glad to see some cooler heads prevailing and saying that we need to wait to see what really happened before we pass judgment. If this guy really was totally docile and restrained and these guys still continued to attack him then they need to pay for what they’ve done (through the law, of course), but none of us were there and really know what happened.

    That said, this is of course a tragedy, and I feel horrible for this poor man’s family who, no matter what really happened, have lost a son and brother.

  5. Chris
    | #5

    Ya, its pretty unprofessional journalism.

  6. ffx
    | #6

    Clearly, JohnnyDC and Chris are family or friends of the accused. No one is protesting the 5 men chased the man and did something to cause his fall, blood, swollen head, and eventual death. What are you suggesting? did the police killed him?
    It could be you or your immediate family who went through this painful death, so stop protecting the accused. Let them pay for what they did.

  7. ELeonard
    | #7

    Is this a joke? Unarmed? Oh that’s right, he was, after he chucked a brick through a window where crowds of people stand.

    Contact the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia (202-514 7566, email dc.outreach@usdoj.gov)to support the character of the five accused, that’s also an option.

  8. really?
    | #8

    someone show me the concrete evidence that he died at the hands of these guys, please. until then, people need to calm it down and wait until the medical examiner gives us the reason of death. none of you were there.

  9. BDB
    | #9

    Umm FFX, ever hear of innocent until proven guilty? You weren’t there, thus you are going on hearsay. Let the accused have their time in court because there are many discrepancies in this story.

  10. Chris
    | #10

    ffx, like I said before, we need to wait for all of the facts to come out- most importantly, the camera footage (if any) and the medical examiner’s report. There are a lot of rumors and speculation flying around about what happened but we won’t really know anything until the official report is released. This is a horrible tragedy regardless and you are right, this could have happened to someone close to us as well. I just hope that it would be handled with a little more care and professionalism with regard to the media than this case has been.

  11. ffx
    | #11

    Bryan et al, you are correct, none of us where there and we really don’t know what happened, but the two witnesses, blood on the sidewalk, and the eventual death (less than an hour after medical care), all seems to make sense as being a cause and result of the young man’s death. Hopefully we will find out soon enough and the victim’s family gets fair trial.
    I wish you feel the same way for the actions of the 60 or so family/friends who crowded the court room last Saturday and applauded when the accused were released, as well as the DC9 club fans who are out there blaming everyone, but the suspects, selfishly (don’t want the club to close) saying things like: they are so nice, they won’t hurt a fly, etc. If you are going to post as a reasonable person who believes in fair justice then let your comment show all sides.

  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    Or, ffx, allow the men accused to have their day in court. The unprofessional actions of the police and the obvious media bias have led you to assume their guilt. Clearly, you are not interested in jurisprudence at all, nor are those who have called for action.

    The coroner’s report ruled out any signs of the beating that the above article refers to, but lets not let the facts get in the way of this future mob action.

  13. Steve
    | #13

    Ethiopian family, please stay strong, united and together. Let’s work on justice for this man. Leave religion, morality, etc. out of the discussion and please, no backbiting within the community.

  14. Chris
    | #14

    PS. There are two different Chris’ on here- I only have post #1 and #7.

  15. Alex
    | #15

    FFX,
    What people are saying is wait and see, I don’t know any of the men accused or the victim, but what I can say is that i’ve read so many conflicting reports that I don’t know what to believe.

    The DC9 accused are adamant about their innocence and the police are adamant of their guilt, the police believe that the 911 call placed by one of the DC9 accused will prove their case

    What we are suggesting is, we just don’t know, only the police, the victim and the DC9 know, what we do know is that we do want it to be as thorough and transparant a case as you, if they genuinely did it then they need to be punished, if the police did it, then they need to be punished.

    But for all we know he died of a blood clot and the so called restraining/savage beating wasn’t anything to do with his death

    oh and fwiw, i’m not going to condemn them for trying to catch him, he provoked it by damaging property, if it were me, i’d want to catch the person so the police can have him punished, as opposed to giving a generic description of someone that they would never find.

  16. Anonymous
    | #16

    Chris :I am deeply saddened for the death of Ali Mohammed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I do however reserve judgment on the accused until a proper investigation is conducted and all of the facts can be gathered and presented in a clear, concise way. It does not help anyone to jump to conclusions as this article, and many others have done when less than all of the facts are available to the public. There are quite a few inconsistencies with regard to the events of that Friday morning that need to be cleared up before the blame of Ali’s death can

    @JohnnyDC

    ረአልልይ??? አረ ዮኡ ኡሲንግ ዮኡር አሥ ቶ ትሂንክ?

  17. Anonymous
    | #17

    JohnnyDC and Chris…..

    you do not need guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to charge some1… ONLY PROBABLE CAUSE…. tackled and beat him to death.. dumbass dont comment…airhead bastards

  18. have you ever walked around
    | #18

    U street at 230 am on any night? It is a straight up ghetto where crime is not unfamiliar. I wonder if the DC9 owners and Mr. Mohammed had a history? there is a lot of fact missing from this and sounds fishy from all angles.

  19. I want to know
    | #19

    what time he was admitted to the hospital. I’ve heard rumors that he was held in the back seat of a patrol car for some time (40+ mins) before the police took him for medical attention. MPD may share some of the guilt here, if they did not correctly assess his health and condition.

  20. ነብ
    | #20

    በጣም ያሳዝናል

  21. jackal
    | #21

    Do it the old way “an eye for an eye”

  22. justice
    | #22

    I hope justice is actuated as everyone is pointing the finger at the other. It is unusual for the police to accuse someone before the investigation is completed. This is what they did. The police chief accused the employees and co-owner before the investigation has been completed. This is fishy. This was probably done to stop a riot against the police. They are trying to cover up the truth. Whoever or what ever killed the man will come out in the investigation I hope. Justice must be found at all costs. Prayers and blessings to the young mans family.

  23. Anon
    | #23

    Get your facts straight. It’s going to be pretty embarrassing when the truth comes out… And you find out he was so drunk he had alcohol poisoning or overdosed on something… Why else would he throw two bricks in the window because he was not let in a club at CLOSING TIME?

  24. supporter
    | #24

    This Is beyond sad and if these man get off this as so called innocent men there will surely be upset people that need answer. If this was other way around and an american got beaten to death there would have been hell. May His family get the answer their looking for and indeed us the supporters

  25. mez4940
    | #25

    yeh i agree with jackal an eye for an eye they cant do this for one of us if we let this to pass with out justics another will happen

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